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The Sycamore Inspires Campaign was kicked off in Fall, 2022 and is the fourth campaign in Sycamore’s history and also the smallest and shortest campaign. The goal is to raise $2.6 million dollars in gifts and pledges over a two-year period. Sycamore Inspires has three goals: 1) to fully reimagine and build a renovated Media Center ($1.1M); 2) to create the Borgmann Inspiration Fund as a source for teacher renewal projects ($500K); and 3) to maintain the Sycamore Fund for two years ($1M).

Media Center

Media center

As you enter the school, the new Media Center will generate an energy that will flow into the Guenthner Lobby and the rest of the building. This flagship project will transform the existing library into a modern, multi-use hub for students, expanding opportunities for teaching and learning and infusing a modern vibe into the specialized spaces. The Media Center will become a place that everyone wants to be, bustling with activity and student life.

We remain thankful to the many donors who have helped us reach this milestone. Our work is not quite yet done, though, as we are seeking to meet the full goal of the Sycamore Inspires campaign. If you have yet to do so, please consider participating and being part of this successful project.

Construction Begins:  March 6 will be the last day of normal library access this school year. Plans call for clearing the space and safely storing the majority of our books offsite in March. Construction begins March 22. When students return from Spring Break, they will continue with their regular classes, and there will be minimal disruption to programs. All entrances will continue to be used during construction, and this will not affect Summer Camp courses. We look forward to unveiling the space in early August and sharing a fully operational new Media Center with students and the Sycamore community for the 2024-25 school year.

With added technology and access, instruction can take place in various areas of the Media Center, including collaborative spaces. Apple TV will make projecting material possible in different settings. Natural and LED lighting with brighten the space along with adding color and images to walls and fixtures, drawing students and teachers in. Murals and use of color will enliven the space and define separate areas.

The Borgmann Inspiration Fund

The Borgmann Inspiration Fund demonstrates our love and appreciation for our teachers and staff. We want them to think expansively about ways to gain renewal and refreshment of their own professional zeal. 

Unlike professional development funds, these grants are meant to support creative, intellectual, and personal growth, fueling a personal, purposeful interest, such as going on an African safari or an archeological dig. Sycamore will continue to offer professional development opportunities to our faculty and staff and the Borgmann Inspiration Fund will go above and beyond those opportunities. Teachers, staff—and students—will benefit as they approach their work with new passion and creative energy.

Julie Clawson, 2023 award recipient

Jennifer Hendry, 2023 award recipient


Making a gift to the Sycamore Fund in honor or in memory of a loved one or cherished teacher is a wonderful way to pay tribute to him/her. We will send an acknowledgment to the honoree or family of the honoree as well as provide you with a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution. When giving online, in the comment box below, tell us about your tribute/in honor of/in memory of gift.

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